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Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Racial hatred is one of the ugliest of human emotions. And the United States not only once condoned it, it also mandated it?wove it right into the fabric of American jurisprudence. Federal and state governments legally suspended the free will of blacks for 150 years and then denied blacks equal protection of the law for another 150.

How did such crimes happen in America? Ho
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ebook, 320 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2009)
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Adam Ross
Conservatives tend to think that racial discrimination ended with the Civil War. Lincoln freed the slaves, and there were some problems with Jim Crow, sure, but all that racism stuff ended in 1865. We likewise conclude on the same basis that it's been so long since slavery that nobody need reparations. Oh, and the reason more blacks are in prison is because they commit more crimes than whites, so the system is being fair because they're committing the preponderance of the crimes.

This book shakes
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Laura
May 29, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book starts with a bang. He is challenging the attitudes and actions of the founding fathers in the introduction and doesn t slow down after that. The book covers history, politics, judicial rulings, and long-term effects of each major step in our nation s path. The author offers a framework for looking at slavery and then uses that framework to show the wrong choices and bad values that kept slavery, segregation, and the view that blacks were an inferior race alive for so long in the Unite ...more
Donna
Jun 07, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most likely you recognize the name Dred Scott from the infamous court decision or the term getting off "Scot free. " If you're from Missouri, especially the St. Louis area, you learned about the Dred Scott case as part of Missouri History. Not our finest moment.

Using the Dred Scott case -- which was first decided at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis -- as a centerpiece for his book, Napolitano chronicles how the laws of the United States and the policies of our leaders created the deep-seeded rac
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Bryon
Dec 09, 2012 Bryon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2009
Number of pages: 253

Our Heroes and Their Prejudice

I'm deeply convicted that I wouldn't normally buy a book like this. I chose to review for Thomas Nelson Publishers and I'm glad I did. I learned much and I unlearned more.

I thought the terms "states rights" vs. "federal interventionism" were current political rhetoric. I always thought that this was current liberal vs. conservative (liberal being "federal interventionism" or "big g
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Michael Brown
Apr 18, 2009 Michael Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America... is thought provoking book which sheds light on the dark side of legal history throughout our country's history. A very highly recommend book to say the least.

Judge Napolitano shows how "Natural Law" (God Given Rights or Rights come from our Humanity pg. xii) and "Positivism" (the law is whatever the lawgiver says it is or the majority says pg. xiii, xiv) have affected the interpretation and application of the Constitution a
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Tyler L.
Aug 08, 2013 Tyler L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book overall. I like the Judge's writing style. The best part is his unapologetic criticism of anyone and everyone who furthered racism in America. No one is left off the hook from Washington and Jefferson to Lincoln and Kennedy. The best part is his exposure of the federal government not only failing to alleviate racism, but also perpetuating it in many instances. Those who believe that an all-powerful central authority is the cure for racism need to read this book! I disagree wi ...more
Adam
Jun 09, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathie
Jun 29, 2013 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real eyeopener with things I didn't know. Our country has a shocking and sad history of treatment of African Americans. Throughout our history, the government failed to protect the natural rights of the minority and did what was popular at the time. White people too soon forget the horrible things that were done legally to African Americans in the name of the law. This book begins with bringing the Africans to America as slaves, and continues through the history of the politics of writing the ...more
Manny
Aug 13, 2012 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding job Judge. Again, he hits the mark with an unbiased view of the race issue in this country from its inception until present day. In this work, he explains the difference between 'natural law' and 'positive law'. He shows you how the departure from defending 'natural law' has caused and continue to cause slavery and racism. After reading this book, I have a painful realization that African-Americans have gotten the short end of the stick and have been mistreated since the inception of ...more
Diane Kennicker
Jun 21, 2012 Diane Kennicker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the travesty as what is referred to as the federal government and the willingness of the politicians to continually racially divide this country - all for the sake of votes. Judge Napolitano discusses the injustices of racism and bigotry in our country's history and it still continues to this day. Politicians today are no better or different than the policitians from generations past in that they will say and pander to secure votes and retain their power and position and forsak ...more
John
Aug 24, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
The book starts out with a myth shattering BANG and just keeps on rolling! I have already ready several of Judge Andrew Napolitano's books and he never ceases amaze. He takes complex legal concepts and makes them understandable to the lay man without dumbing it down. He is equally adept at making any subject come alive with a very straight forward and engaging writing style. He doesn't mince words and his view point is refreshingly different from the usual suspects; right / left wing pundits dev ...more
David Robins
Jul 28, 2010 David Robins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Up to Napolitano's usual standards. Places the blame for much of the institutionalized racism in the United States on the government (who else claims a monopoly on force?), and asserts natural law over positivism. But although he's a libertarian I don't know if he manages to completely connect the dots: I know he doesn't consider the constitution perfect (although certainly a good start), but, for example, does he understand that "shall not be infringed" in the second amendment means what it say ...more
Michael Weaver
The Judge does it again. This is an excellent book on the forgotten history of constitutional law through the view of the philosophy of natural law and positivism. It elegantly shows how policy interpreted the issue of race and rights.Sadly if we're are not careful the same tragedies could befall us again we we use legislative policy to to interpret law.
Susanne
Nov 08, 2012 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this seemingly unbiased book. Having heard and read a bit about the subject, Napolitano's account of history was still eye opening. His perspective is grounded in a truth that transcends political affiliation and really gets to the heart of the matter. His background in law adds to his perspective, while still making the book a fairly easy read. I highly recommend it.
Sarah Peralta
May 17, 2010 Sarah Peralta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so far. . . . awesome!
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I just started reading this book. So far it is very compelling. I enjoy the author on his TV show and in his interviews.
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Andrew Paolo Napolitano is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He is a political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, commenting on legal news and trials. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998. He is a Libertarian and a strong advocate of the Constitution, viewing it as a contract that must, according to rule of law, be interpreted the way its authors intended or else be inv ...more
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